Democratic lawmaker Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was arrested Thursday outside the Capitol building during a protest after he repeatedly refused to obey orders from Capitol Police officers about blocking barricades, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
A total of 27 people were arrested during the protest after they blocked the police barricade and refused to move after three warnings, a statement from the Capitol Police said.
Capitol Police tweeted about their activity:
Just before 12:00 pm, demonstrators started blocking one side of the North Barricade outside the U.S. Capitol.
We have already issued them three warnings.
The demonstrators refused to move out of the driveway, so we are making arrests. pic.twitter.com/GqlmyGQ1KD
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) January 20, 2022
Bowman, a member of the “Squad” of far-left House progressives, attacked Republicans last year for allegedly trying to “disregard Capitol security.” At the time, he labeled their actions “bulls**t.”
“Again and again and again”
Despite his earlier comments about respecting Capitol security, Bowman said he did not regret his own actions to “disregard” that security, and would do it “again and again and again.”
“Yesterday, I was arrested alongside over 20 people, including youth hunger striking for our democracy. And I will do it again and again and again,” Bowman said in a statement. “I will keep doing everything in my power to bring attention to the crisis we are in and ensure our democracy functions in a manner that represents the people.”
Bowman was protesting the failure of a voting bill to pass through Congress. Democrats have insisted that the bill was needed to facilitate voting and ensure voting rights, particularly for minorities. Numerous Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have suggested or outright called opponents of the bill “racist” in recent weeks.
Bowman called Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) a “traitor” to “our democracy” because she would not vote to end the filibuster so that the voting bill could be passed, even though she supported the bill itself.
Upping the ante
Despite Bowman’s actions, his comments about Sinema were not even the worst by Democrats about her and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who also opposes ending the filibuster.
Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) called Manchin and Sinema “white nationalists” even though both lawmakers supported the voting bill but not the destruction of the filibuster to pass it.
Clearly, Democrats that don’t march in lockstep with everything the party wants to do are being attacked and lumped in with the “evil” Republicans, who have been called every name in the book by Democrats over the last several years.
It’s a very scary time indeed when there can be no diversity of viewpoints within a major political party, and when party members will do anything, even throw their own members under the bus, to get what they want.